Brady Walmsley – Coach, Townsville Flames
“Entering round 6, I am reasonably happy with how we are tracking. We have had a fairly difficult strength of schedule to start the season, with five of our first six games being on the road. To have four wins out of those games says something about our character and our ability to find ways to win. Having said that, we are looking forward to a run of home games at ‘The Furnace’ in Townsville, and building on the momentum we have generated with a complete performance against a very talented Gladstone team.
We are focused on getting better every time we step on the floor. We are beginning to demonstrate some of the relentless competitiveness that is required of the teams that feature in finals. Everybody in our camp is aware of the talent around the league. We know that we have to continue developing, both individually and as a group, to become a top tier force in the QBL.
Toowoomba are going to challenge us. I can imagine they are hungry for a win. They are more talented then their record would suggest. We will have to be at our best, as it will require another good team performance for us to get over the line on Saturday night. The bye round was good in terms of catching up on some rest, but we are ready to get back to work and continue building on a positive start to the season.”
Luke Petersen – Coach, South West Metro Men’s Team
“The start to the season for the Pirates Men has been rocky so far. The first two games saw us missing key players as we awaited their arrival from the US and we struggled to overcome teams without them. Upon their arrival in Round 3 (literally the day of our game against Cairns), we saw an immediate impact to the team and we played very well against a good Cairns side but could not overcome them on their floor in the end. The next night in Townsville fatigue got the better of the team in a lacklustre blowout in the first half. Our last game against Toowoomba saw some great patches for us, but in the QBL playing well in patches is never good enough for the victory so again we failed to get in the winners column. There was definitely good signs in the last few games in the way the team is beginning to learn to play well together.
The bye last week has given us the opportunity to string some practice time together now and we are looking forward to this weeks match up with the Clippers. To play at home for the first time since the arrival of Import Ryan Stephan and Jarred Bairstow is exciting and based on the ongoing improvement we’ve seen at training I am confident we can put together 40minutes of good basketball and start to turn our season around. Other results from our Pool have left us very much in the hunt for a playoff spot still so we look forward to making our rough start history and stringing some wins together.”